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  • Not strictly tech news and the blog has covered this but Sri Lanka just collapsed due to insufficient poop and it was all predicted back in March.  (Foreign Policy)

    Bubble-dwelling cretins decided to ban the artificial fertilisers essential to feeding the world (which is where Sri Lanka is located) and also to the country's economy, dependent as it is on agricultural exports, insisting that "organic" farming methods would survive, when everybody knows that this is quite literally impossible because there's not enough poop to go around.

    Because that's what organic farming runs on.  Everyone knew there wasn't enough poop and said so, but Sri Lanka's government insisted it would create that poop.
    From the moment the plan was announced, agronomists in Sri Lanka and around the world warned that agricultural yields would fall substantially. The government claimed it would increase the production of manure and other organic fertilizers in place of imported synthetic fertilizers. But there was no conceivable way the nation could produce enough fertilizer domestically to make up for the shortfall.
    They're just getting warmed up:
    While the proximate cause of Sri Lanka’s humanitarian crisis was a bungled attempt to manage its economic fallout from the global pandemic, at the bottom of the political problem was a math problem and at the bottom of the math problem was an ideological problem—or, more accurately, a global ideological movement that is innumerate and unscientific by design, promoting fuzzy and poorly specified claims about the possibilities of alternative food production methods and systems to obfuscate the relatively simple biophysical relationships that govern what goes in; what comes out; and the economic, social, and political outcomes that any agricultural system can produce, whether on a regional, national, or global scale.
    "Organic" produce is food for the privileged (and indoctrinated) few.  It is completely untenable as a substitute for modern scientific farming and everyone knew that.  

    But well-funded Western advocacy groups kept pushing for it - keep pushing for it - regardless, as we see right now in the Netherlands.

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1 Those kittens certainly rocketed to fame, didn't they smile

Posted by: Frank at Tuesday, July 12 2022 11:07 PM (rglbH)

2 ""Organic" produce is food for the privileged (and indoctrinated) few."
Well, it's one way to reduce the population to a "sustainable" half a billion without lining 6 out of every 7 people in the world up against the wall.

Posted by: Rick C at Tuesday, July 12 2022 11:55 PM (BMUHC)

3 I've been reducing my diet more in recent years, since going of wheat and milk around twenty years ago.

Glyphosate is one of the things used in 'modern, scientific farming' and in theory absent in the inefficiently produced 'organic' stuff.

Hilariously enough, I've just today probably had it confirmed that I may be one of people who have that issue with retaining glyphosate and having it displace glycine.

Anyway, 'capitalist' agriculture makes it possible to have niche supplies for individuals who have unusual medical issues.  And the food cranks maybe are a de facto economic support for types of niche food supply that there are not enough actually sick people to support. 

At the same time, bunch of dangerous lunatics when you put them in a position to make policy over an entire economy. 

Conventional energy supplies are not replaced by 'renewables'.  The renewable 'production' is basically wasted, and is only recoverable when supplemented by conventional, and in effect makes conventional /less/ efficient. 

The situation with organic is basically similar.  Conventional agriculture is the 'profit center' that subsidizes everything else and makes it even possible for some people to live off of.

Muscle powered agriculture sucks, can't support much population doing other things, nor can it really be effective in keeping alive a bunch of the people whose health is very fragile wrt diet. 

Posted by: Pat Buckman at Wednesday, July 13 2022 06:38 AM (r9O5h)

4 Yeah, the old muscle and shit powered agriculture required about 90-95% of the population engaged in it to feed everyone.  The oil and chemical years have reduced that to about 2%.

Posted by: normal at Wednesday, July 13 2022 08:05 AM (obo9H)

5 On other sad news, Sana's impending graduation from Holocouncil has sparked some discussions about it.

I am sadden by it, but I am not surprised.  If anything, I was expecting this would happen for a while now.

Posted by: cxt217 at Wednesday, July 13 2022 10:00 AM (2tHvf)

6 Yes, not entirely unexpected, but a sad day nonetheless.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, July 13 2022 06:45 PM (PiXy!)

7 Sana has a personal channel as well, so we might at least hear her voice from time to time.  |

Rushia, Coco, and Aloe all have their own channels too of course.  I never saw Aloe stream for Hololive but watching her personal channel I can see why they picked her up.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, July 14 2022 03:13 PM (PiXy!)

8 With Sana, I was wondering if the other account was really her, but half a second of her voice sufficed.  She has a big Twitter following as her other identity too.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, July 14 2022 03:24 PM (PiXy!)

9 I knew she had a full-time job as a commercial artist, but now I know specifically what she's been working on and no wonder she finds it hard to balance her vtuber career.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, July 14 2022 03:40 PM (PiXy!)

10 Oddly enough, while I somehow managed to stumble onto Rushia's older channel almost immediately after the unpleasantness, it took a long time before I made the connection to the channel Coco has right now, though that was partly due to my lack of time to search.

Sana was really hit hard by circumstance beyond her control.  The back injury and the recovery from it, as well as the press of her day job (Which no doubt also was made difficult by her injury.), would have never been ideal but especially right after debut.

Posted by: cxt217 at Saturday, July 16 2022 12:23 PM (2tHvf)

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